The warmer months are here, which signals an uptick in yardwork and gardening. In this article, we’re going to discuss raised-bed gardening, a technique that is definitely growing in popularity for a host of reasons. We’ll discuss those benefits as well as the various types of raised-beds that are most effective.
Being higher is better. Growing plants in a raised-bed gets them off the ground and away from soil that may not drain properly or is not suitable for supporting root growth. With raised-beds, compost and other forms of fertilizer can be added and distributed more easily.
No yard? No problem. Utilizing raised-beds means that you can garden just about anywhere. You can even put raised-bed on your rooftop or on a driveway.
Work smarter. You can often adjust the height of your raised-bed to eliminate stooping, making it far easier to tend to your plants for watering and weed maintenance. In fact, raised-beds that have a high number of plants will prevent much weed growth.
Get more from your plants. Because the soil in your raised-bed is far better suited for plant growth, your plants will actually produce more harvests. Your growing season will also be extended because of the enhanced drainage.
Types of Raised-Beds for Your Garden
You can certainly buy a pre-made raised-bed from many outlets, or you can build your own. One thing to keep in mind is the material used to make the raised-bed.
Wood. By far, this is the most popular material for raised-beds. Wood beds are relatively easy to install and are very cost-effective. Unfortunately, wood will need to be replaced after a number of years.
Steel. A huge benefit to steel raised-gardens is that they are resistant to the elements. In other words, they are a long-term solution. However, installation of steel raised-beds can be troublesome, and the salt spray from the nearby ocean can prove to be especially corrosive.
Rock. A raised-garden made of rock can certainly be a head-turner, and its ease of installation can make it a quick project for the DIY-er.
If you’re in the mood to talk raised-bed gardening, we’d love to hear from you! Call Juniper Landscape Company today at (619) 334-9464 so that we can share ideas!